Treasures in Heaven
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Timothy 5,6; Titus 1-3
Today’s Key Passage – 1 Timothy 6:11-21
In Paul’s first letter to Timothy, he provides Timothy with some advice for talking with the wealthy members of the Ephesian church. He instructs Timothy to command the wealthy members not to put their hope in wealth and to put their hope in God instead. In today’s key passage, Paul was no doubt referring to Jesus words in Matthew 6 when He said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
Awhile back, I read a book entitled The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn. This book is all about joyful giving and focuses on the passage in Matthew 6. I highly recommend this book to all Christians looking to truly understand the principles of joyful giving – which should be all of us. In his book, Mr. Alcorn outlines six keys to the treasure principle, and I would like to share two of these with you today. The first key is one that I have spoken about in the past – “God owns everything. I’m His money manager”. To be able to give freely, you must not only understand this first key, but you must believe it and hold it as absolute truth. Nothing that we have is ours. We do not own it. God owns everything, and He is simply allowing us to use it for the time being. He has entrusted each of us with treasures on this earth in the forms of time, money, and talents. To be able to give of these treasures, we must understand that they are not ours in the first place. I used to believe that I worked hard for the money I made and deserved to spend it on whatever I liked. As I continue on my journey with the Lord, he continues to remind me of this key to joyful giving.
The second key is one that really helps us understand giving – “Heaven, not Earth, is my home”. The Bible says that we are aliens in this world. Our true home is Heaven. In the book, Mr. Alcorn uses an analogy that really struck me when thinking about Matthew 6, and I would like to share it here. Imagine that your home country is France. You take a trip to the United States and plan to stay in the U.S. for a few weeks. You know that due to customs laws, you will not be able to take back anything you acquire in the U.S. to your home country, but you are allowed to ship things ahead of you back to France. If this were the case, would you go out and buy new furnishings for the hotel room you are staying in, knowing that you would not be able to keep them? Of course not – that would be crazy. If you wanted to buy anything that you would be able to keep, you would ship it back to France to be waiting on you when you return home. This is the heart of Matthew 6. The Earth is like the hotel room in the U.S. We can decorate it all we want, but when it is time to return home we are going to lose everything we have bought. Heaven is like France – it is our real home. Just like the analogy, we can store up treasures in Heaven by sending them ahead of us to our true home. How do we send our treasures ahead of us to Heaven? We do this by giving. When we help the church, the homeless, the needy, the sick, or the elderly, we are storing up treasures in Heaven. When we help missionaries who are spreading the Gospel, we are storing up treasures in Heaven. Every time we turn our money back over to God to use for His perfect will, we are storing up treasures in Heaven. It is His money anyway – let us all use it for His purposes and store up some treasures for ourselves that we will be able to have for eternity.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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